In Celebration Of The Muse!

I’ll be reading Lioness In A Size Eight Pantsuit this Saturday evening and would love to see you there. It’s an extra special night, my sister Jannette from Arizona will be in the audience along with my sons and my man. She’ll be the one that whistles like a Hell’s Angels.

This event sells out every year, so please get your tickets and join us.


Come Hear Why My Mother Thought She Was Horny!


The Cabrillo College English Department, Poetry Santa Cruz and Amber Coverdale Sumrall & Dena Taylor present The 32nd Annual In Celebration of the Muse, featuring 21 local women authors: Debra Spencer, Joan Zimmerman, Laura Davis, Liz Raptis Picco, Robin Lysne, Jo-Ann Birch, Becky Hall, Sarah Rabkin, Helene Simkin Jara, Wilma Marcus Chandler, Rosie King, Ellen Treen, Kate Aver Avraham, Joanie Maro, Patricia Zylius, Adela Najarro, Dina El Dessouky, Barbara Bloom, Magdalena Montagne, Neli Moody, and Clifford Henderson.

• Doors open at 7:00 pm for seating and tickets. The 2013 chapbook, In Celebration of the Muse 30th Anniversary Anthology, presenting one poem or short piece of fiction by each of the twenty readers for the 2012 reading, will be available for purchase for $10 along with books by the 2014 readers (cash and checks only).

This event is a benefit for Poetry Santa Cruz.




National Adoption Day-November 23, 2013

JOURNAL-CALENDARHaving the experience of a failed domestic adoption and a turbulent international adoption, I know the process takes a monumental toll on our lives.

But there is hope and help, thanks to the  NATIONAL ADOPTION DAY campaign.

NAD_logoNational Adoption Day is a collective national effort to raise awareness of the more than 100,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent, loving families. This annual, one-day event has made the dreams of thousands of children come true by working with policymakers, practitioners and advocates to finalize adoptions and create and celebrate adoptive families.

In total, National Adoption Day helped nearly 44,500 children move from foster care to a forever family. Communities across the county celebrate the Saturday before every Thanksgiving. In 2012, more than 4,500 children were adopted by their forever families during the 13th annual National Adoption Day celebration in almost 400 cities across the United States.

This year the National Adoption Day Coalition expects 4,500 children in foster care to be adopted on National Adoption Day, on November 23, 2013.”

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